Cityread 2017 at Brent Libraries

southwark16On 20 April join a virtual tour of Elizabethan London at Willesden Green Library, 2pm to 3pm. Get ready to see a very different city to the one we live in today.Elizabeth 1

On 25 April  find out about a side of Elizabethan London often overlooked in the history books when we take a look at the lives of black Londoners during this period: Blackamoores and Tudor England at Willseden Green Library, 6.15 -7.45pm. Both are free to attend but advanced booking required as spaces are limited.

Please join in with Cityread this year by reading Prophecy by S. J. Parris, coming to an event or both!

Get thee to a library – Cityread 2017 is here!

cityread logoCityread is now with us.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with this reading scheme – Cityread is an annual celebration of reading across London. Each year Cityread invites London’s residents, workers and visitors to read the same book during April. Like a huge book group!  The novel is a starting point for debate, events and other promotions.

prophecyThis year’s chosen book is Prophecy by  S.J.Parris.  The book is a historical thriller set in Elizabethan London.  The main character is Giordano Bruno, who is based on a real person, he is a former monk and now excommunicated renegade free thinker living in London in exile from his native Italy.  He finds himself embroiled in a dangerous plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I and replace her with the imprisoned Mary Queen of Scots.  Surrounded by religious conflict, occult practices, murder and suspicion he must tread with cunning to foil the plot and catch a murderer.

If you want to know if he succeeds pick up the book today!

Cityread London 2017 – coming soon…..

Cityread 2017

For more information about Cityread London 2017 visit http://cityread.london/ but in the meantime here are some of the activities that will be taking place across London – be prepared to be transported!

Giordano Bruno needs YOU!

Cecily Ashe has been murdered, strange occult symbols carved into her flesh. Her body lies at the Charterhouse. The queen’s spymaster, Walsingham, suspects links to a plot to overthrow the crown and calls on international man of mystery, Giordano Bruno to recruit a band of fellow spies – men and women of equally shady backgrounds – to help him uncover the truth.

Will you join him?

Get ready to don your cloak and explore the historic cloisters of the Charterhouse, hearing from Bruno himself about the facts surrounding Cecily’s murder, the dark omens that are being whispered and the secrets of Mary Stuart’s supporters.

Click here for tickets

Magical books: new date added!

magical booksDue to huge demand for our book handling workshop at the Royal College of Physicians, we’re delighted to announce a second date on 19 April.  Join us as we turn the pages of volumes from ‘the finest collection of books to be found in the kingdom’: the library of Dr John Dee.  Rare books expert Katie Birkwood will lead this hands-on session in the atmospheric surroundings of the Royal College of Physicians, as you delve into the fact and fiction surrounding one of Tudor England’s most enigmatic and intriguing characters.

Click here for tickets.

 

Eat like an Elizabethan

Polly RussellAcclaimed chef Paul Merrett (Saturday Kitchen) has teamed up with food historian Polly Russell (Back in Time for Dinner, pictured) to create a four course feast inspired by the lavish banquets of the 16th century. Join Prophecy author S.J. Parris, Polly and Paul for this festival highlight, as we discover how the Elizabethans ate, while we tuck in.

Click here for tickets to the Cityread Supper Club.

 

All aboard the Golden Hinde

Golden HindeFor this year’s big book giveaway we’re going totally Tudor. We’ll be gifting 1000 copies of Prophecy from  Sir Francis Drake’s famous galleon from 4pm on Friday 31 March.
Come say hey nonny nonny and pick up your copy from our jester and town crier in Borough Market. Then step on deck to get it signed by S.J. Parris herself, as the Golden Hinde lowers its gangplank free of charge for Cityreaders.

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